Florence (Livorno) Florence Walking Tour Excursion Reviews
Enjoyed very much.
too rushed at Pisa. city of Florence was beautiful
Excellent guide. Was great with only a group of 8.
Florence on your own - so glad we did this one on our own. It was still lots of driving in the bus but we were lucky with an amazing tour guide before we got there who gave us tons of info. Still a very long day of walking and we didn't wait in the lines to see the great works of art. Was sorry to miss those but there just wasn't time.
We debated long and hard about whether to try to get to Florence on our own or to take an organized excursion. Previous cruise critic write ups which I had looked at seemed to indicate that it could be a bit awkward and time pressing to actually get to and from the station as it involved another bus journey after the drop off by the port shuttle (which would cost €12 per person anyway). In the end we chickened out and booked a “Florence on your own” excursion. We should have been brave because only after we had booked the excursion did we find out that the shuttle now has a drop off point at the station. We could have travelled ourselves without worries at a fraction of the cost! We have now learned that it is always worth clarifying the shuttle details in advance and not just assuming.
That said, we subsequently had an excellent stress free day in Florence. The guide on our coach gave us an informative overview and maps of Florence, with advice of things to see, of time needed, of things to avoid, etc etc. Our meeting point was by a leather factory where we were told there were toilet facilities (but there was only one toilet!). We went just a bit further and had a very reasonably priced cappuccino in the Caffe Mario on the corner of the Via dell Anguillara where we were also able to use the loo– we would certainly recommend it.
We think we had the best and biggest icecream ever (even though we picked the small ones!), from Gelatissimo, just before and to the right of the Ponte Vecchio
A 90 minute coach drive into the beautiful city of Florence. The coach stops in a central square which from there, the city is very easy to explore.
The streets are laden with statues and ornate churches and buildings. And there is an abundance of museums and art galleries,
Plenty of great bars cafés shops and gelato!
Excellent trip..guide informative and interesting. been to Florence before..well worth the trip but expensive just for a bus ride of an hour and a half
I could go to Florence time and again. Love the place.
Excellent information on the way to Florence and then we spent a wonderful touring and shopping.
Glorious town. A must return to. Luca Misuri is a fabulous guide and I can't say enough about his personality and stunning knowledge. The restaurant that he recommended caused me to be able to partake in the greatest Lasagna that I have ever eaten... bar none.
Awesome. Booked "The David" museum myself in advance.
A tad pricey, given that the train would have been a quarter of the price, but the guide gave us some great advice on a pasta restaurant, gelato stand, leather makers, and shopping
Was so hot that it was hard to keep going.
The transportation was helpful and reliable, the guide on the bus offered a lot of info for people even though no one was taking an official tour.
Cruise Excursion- "Florence on your own, Wine tasting at a Tuscan castle"
This is one port it makes sense to do the cruise excursion for us. To maximize your time in Florence do a transfer throught the cruise ship. They guarantee the ship cannot leave without you and it is a 1 hour drive from port. For Florence they leave you at a stop at the south end of the city. They pick you up at a meeting spot at Santa Croce square. See Toms's port guide for maps of exactly where.
David- get tickets and appt. for 10:30 online in advance or forget attempting this. From the bus drop off hail a cab to the Accademia. Join the line to the right of the entrance and after you pass security go to the ticket window to claim your ticket. See his Prisoners on the way to David. No photos allowed. Time is of the essence so see David and exit to see the rest of Florence.
Follow the signs to the Duomo. See the Baptistery "Paradise" door and walk the exterior of the duomo. Inside is not worth seeing, so proceed to Ponte Vecchio bridge. Take photos and shop for gold here. The prices and workmanship are fabulous. Leather is also a good thing to buy in Florence but for quality, not necessarily "bargains".
Lunch-grab a slice of pizza to go from a cafe. Best pizza we had on this trip!
Basilia Santa Croce-since this is right next to the meeting point try to make it here to see Michelangelo's tomb and some ggorgeous frescoes.
Florence is really a city you need at least 2 days in, and to take it slowly. Much of the beauty comes from the sheer levels of detail around the churches and city, as well as the integrated history of the Medici family patronage in the city's architecture and layout. I'd recommend spending 1 day with a guide for Santa Croce, Duomo and Uffizi. It may be tiring, but is absolutely worth it to go to the top of the Duomo, but not the belltower, just the main dome. For Uffizi, definitely need tickets online, or you will wait for hours. There is great shopping near the Piazza della Republica, and near the Santa Croce. Santa Croce also has a cool leathermaking school inside. The second day could be dedicated solely to shopping. The tour company that RCI uses makes you waste time at a stupid leathershop hearing their pitch, we could have had an extra 30 minutes had we not dealt with that. We saw our tour guide in Rome the next day with Gucci bags up and down her arm, shopping -- makes you wonder what kind of kickback she was getting.